Garden City Telegram Pro-Am 2013 Special Section - page 2

THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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TUESDAY, August 6, 2013
Page 2 —MARSHALL: Pro-Am returns to original format
Page 3 —NBICU graduate Taylee Tabor’s family thankful
Page 5 —Maintenance crews play key role in Pro-Am success
Page 6 — Gillen knows the score during SW Kansas Pro-Am
Page 8 — Former Dunes pro Parker latest Hall of Fame inductee
Page 10 — Beth Koksal set to hand off duties to Kelley Reeve
Page 11 — Ladies Pro-Am, Lewis Motors Chevy Shootout
Page 12 — A look back at Kelly Kraft’s 2012 Pro-Am victory
Page 13 — Final standings and earnings of 2012 Pro-Am
Pages 14-15 — Featured holes, course maps
Page 16 — Pro-Am past champions, tournament records
Page 17 —Dunes’ first pro Hunt recalls the early years
Page 18 — Adams Golf schedule, results, 2013 money list
Page 20 — Adams Golf’s Wolford likes new tourney format
Page 21 —MARSHALL: Golfer’s busman’s holiday; entry list
Page 22 — KGA events come to Garden City in late August
Page 23 — Pro-Am amateur team history, results, course yardage
Page 27 — A directory of southwest Kansas golf courses
Sports Editor — Brett Marshall
Sports Reporter — J. Levi Burnfin
Contributing Writer —Kevin Thompson
Photographers — Brad Nading/Becky Malewitz
Graphic Design — Amanda Thompson
Printing — Jerry Naab
Advertising — Robin Phelan
Managing Editor — Brett Riggs
Editor/Publisher —Dena Sattler
On the Cover: The 14th hole at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course and the
16th hole at The Golf Club at Southwind. The two Garden City golf
gems are hosts to the annual Southwest Kansas Pro-Am.
Cover and Featured Holes Photos by Brad Nading
Cover adn Featured Holes Design by Amanda Thompson
What:
34th Annual Southwest Kansas Pro-Am/Adams Golf Pro Tour Series
When:
Aug. 7 to Aug. 11, 2013
Where:
Buffalo Dunes Golf Course and The Golf Club at Southwind, Garden
City. Both courses are located south of Garden City on Highway US83.
Amateurs:
240 players compete as teams of four playing with one profes-
sional each of the final two days of the tournament. A scramble format is
used where either the pro’s score or the team scramble score can count
toward the team’s total. Players are assigned to teams based on their golf
handicap.
Pros:
Approximately 100 to 120 professionals will compete for an estimated
$100,000 in prize money in the tournament. After the Friday-Saturday
rounds for professionals, the field is reduced to the low 35 percent of the
original field and ties to play on Sunday’s final round at The Golf Club at
Southwind.
Format:
(Pros) 54 holes individual stroke play. In case of a tie, a sudden
death playoff will commence immediately following the end of regulation
play (holes to be determined).
Who Benefits:
Proceeds from the Pro-Am are donated to the St. Catherine
Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit to help in purchasing critical care
equipment. In 33 years, nearly $800,000 has been raised for the NBICU. The
St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation has formed the Stephen C.
Meyers, M.D., Endowed Fund to assist the hospital with the opportunities
to provide advancements in education to nurses and respiratory therapists
working in the Maternal and Child Services Department. In 2012, $30,000
was donated to Dr. Meyers’Endowed Fund for nursing and ancillary support
education to the NBICU for new equipment purchases.
Daily Schedule
Wednesday, Aug. 7 —
9 a.m., Southwest Kansas Ladies Pro-Am, Buffalo
Dunes Golf Course; 6 p.m., Corporate Appreciation Party, Samy’s Spirits and
Steakhouse/Clarion Inn and Pick the Pro Party; 7 p.m., Southwest Kansas
Pro-Am Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (Paul Parker, Golf Pro at Buffalo
Dunes from 1985-2003).
Thursday, Aug. 8 —
8 a.m., Lewis-Chevy Shootout, The Golf Club at
Southwind; Amateur player registration; 6 p.m., Junior Clinic, Buffalo Dunes
Golf Course.
Friday, Aug. 9 —
7:30 a.m., 1st round, Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, profes-
sionals and amateur teams, Buffalo Dunes Golf Course/The Golf Club
at Southwind; 7 p.m., Contestants, sponsor dinner, The Golf Club at
Southwind; 7 p.m. (Approx.), Professional/Amateur long drive contest, The
Golf Club at Southwind.
Saturday, Aug. 10 —
7:30 a.m., 2nd round, Southwest Kansas Pro-Am,
professionals; final round, amateur teams, Buffalo Dunes Golf Course/The
Golf Club at Southwind; 7 p.m., Celebration of Champions Party, The Golf
Club at Southwind; 8 p.m., Professional Closest to the Pin Contest, The Golf
Club at Southwind.
Sunday, Aug. 11 —
8 a.m., Tees #1 and #10, Final round 34th annual
Southwest Kansas Pro-Am, The Golf Club at Southwind; Upon completion
of play Sunday afternoon, awards ceremony and presentation of winner’s
check at practice putting green by Southwind clubhouse.
Dinner tickets for Friday and Saturday are available for $30 each by
calling 620-272-2530.
W
hen the Southwest Kansas
Pro-Am committee
announced this spring that the
annual August golf tournament
would return to its original for-
mat, I couldn’t have been more
happy.
And I think there’s a lot of
others who are familiar with the
summer golf event who feel the
same.
Now in its 34th year, the Pro-
Am has annually brought some
of the best and brightest young
future stars of the game to
Garden City.
First, there was Tom Weiskopf,
already a star on the PGA Tour
and a major champion, who
played here in 1983 when he
became familiar with the high
quality pheasant hunting offered
by southwest Kansas.
In ensuing years, the Pro-Am,
then an unaffiliated professional
event, brought in players such as
Steve Jones (1983-84), Jim Furyk
(1989), Lee Janzen (1989), Stewart
Cink (1995) and Bob Tway (1983).
Each of those players would go on
to win one of professional golf’s
four major titles. But only Jones
would be able to capture a Pro-
Am crown.
Bruce Vaughan, a resident
of Hutchinson and a three-time
Pro-Am champion, won the 2008
British Senior Open to become
the latest major champion with a
Pro-Am connection.
For the past three years, the
Pro-Am has been affiliated with
the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series,
a Texas-based organization that
counts a couple of hundred mem-
bers who compete in 14 events
each year.
When that partnership started
with the 2010 Pro-Am, the for-
mat of the event changed, and
changed dramatically.
The approximately 100-player
pro field played 36 holes of golf,
18 each at Buffalo Dunes and The
Golf Club at Southwind, before
playing the final two days with
teams comprised of four ama-
teur golfers. The tourney started
on Wednesday and finished on
Saturday, completing a 72-hole
event.
The good news of a Saturday
finish was somewhat overshad-
owed by the bad news of hardly
any golf fans showing up to
watch.
“In discussions with the Pro-
Am committee, we just felt like it
would be best to return to their
original schedule,” said Tyler
Wolford, Adams Golf Pro Tour
Series tournament director. “Out
of respect to the sponsors and
the amateurs, this gives them a
chance to watch the pros in the
final round, and it gives the pros
the opportunity to be paired with
each other and to know where
they stand in relation to the other
pros. It should make for an excit-
ing finish.”
Let’s face it. Who wants to go
out and watch amateurs, some
of whom can’t play worth a lick,
struggle around the golf course
while playing with the pro? The
amateurs are the backbone of the
tournament with their financial
support both by playing in the
event, and by individual and/or
corporate sponsorship. They are
the financial lifeline of the tour-
nament.
In the tournament’s first
three decades, the amateurs were
paired with the pros for a Friday/
Saturday competition using both
golf courses. The professional
field was cut to approximately
the low 40 scores and ties for the
Sunday finale. During the 1980s
and even into the 1990s and 2000s,
there could be several hundred
fans flocking to Southwind on the
final day to watch and see what
name would finish atop the lead-
erboard. At one time, KSN even
televised the final four holes of
the tournament — LIVE!
Also during those early
decades, the Kansas Open fol-
lowed the Pro-Am in Lawrence.
2013
Southwest Kansas Pro-Am at-a-glance
Pro-Am format goes back to basics
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